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“I am deeply saddened to learn of Bill's passing. We have exchanged details of family history over many years and met up in Cornwall on a couple of...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Ken Reynolds

“I am now 63 and have lived in Arizona now for 22 yrs. Mr. Symons was my teacher in the 6th grade at Black Creek Grade School, he was my favorite...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Heather, Michele, and Will,My deepest condolences to your family. I got to know Bill while growing up in DePere. He was a good friend of my...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Jill Greunke - Apple valley, MN

“I taught in the Seymour District from 1973 until 1998. Bill was a wonderful teacher. My condolences. ”
4 of 9 | Posted by: Penny Gillespie

“Our deepest condolences to Michele and Darrin Hagerty and the whole Symons family. Rest in piece Bill! ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Cathleen Diedrick...Crandon, Wi Theresa Bumann - WI

“Bill was a very dedicated teacher to the students at Black Creek Elementary/Middle School. He was very proud of his heritage and enjoyed his trips to...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Milissa Hoxtell - Oshkosh, WI

“Rest In Peace Bill. Bill was my 6th grade teacher. I loved listening to his stories about his many travels. I can still count to 10 in German thanks...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Sharon Theobald - Stratford, WI

“Sorry for your loss Michele and Will, your families are in my thoughts and Prayers. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Sadie Diedrick - Appleton, WI

“Mr. Symons was my 6th grade teacher in Black Creek. My Condolences to the family. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: dawn jones


William “Bill” G. Symons Sr. age 77, of Appleton, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 31, 2017. He was born on December 12, 1940, in Hancock, Michigan. Bill enjoyed reading anything related to European history and drinking English tea. He visited Europe over 25 times with his favorite place being Cornwall, England, from which his grandparents had emigrated. He liked listening to polka music and playing the accordion. He was an elementary school teacher and a bus driver. His passion was driving a bus which allowed him to travel across much of the United States. He also adored his two cats who kept him company. He is survived by his daughter Heather (Adam) Risley; daughter Michele (Darrin) Hagerty; and son William (Will) Jr. (Michelle) Symons. He was very proud of his four grandsons, Austin Hagerty, Kollin Martinson, Andrew Risley and Zechariah Symons. He is also survived by his brother Eldred Symons and niece, Shelby (Stan) Trauner. Bill is further survived by many other dear family members and friends too numerous to list but never forgotten. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Reginald and Mildred (Hand) Symons and his wife, Audrey (Tetzlaff). Bill’s Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at EMMANUEL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 740 E. College Avenue in Appleton. Visitation will be held the same day starting at 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, Bill’s family will be establishing a memorial fund. Online condolences can be shared at www.wichmannfargo.com.